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Marc Pingris, James Yap and Peter June Simon. Sports5 file/Pranz Kaeno Billones

The Purefoods Star Hotshots begin its journey to a rare fifth straight championship as it takes on the Alaska Aces in Philippine Cup action Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Hotshots and the Aces do battle at 7 p.m. while the Meralco Bolts and the Barako Bull Energy collide at 4:15 p.m. Both games are broadcast live on TV5.

Coming off a Grand Slam feat as the San Mig Coffee Mixers, the franchise returned to its old name right before the season, and there is little doubt about them bringing the same winning tradition of the iconic Purefoods team which has won many titles and produced legends of the game.

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Coach Yeng Guiao of Rain or Shine. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao rued his team’s missed opportunities from the free throw line during their loss to San Miguel on Tuesday, pointing that out as the reason why they were unable to come away with the win.

The Elasto Painters missed 15 out of their 31 attempts from the free throw line, proving too much for them to overcome in an 87-79 loss in their PBA Philippine Cup opener.

“We had a chance to win the game after we kept it close in the fourth quarter. The real culprit was that we had too many missed free throws,” Guiao told a small group of sportswriters after the game.

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Davis sees potential for Pelicans to be 'great' (October 22, 2014)
Brett Martel [ Source: Yahoo! ]

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Anthony Davis has won championships in college, at the Olympics and in the FIBA World Cup.
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Entering his third pro season, he's still seeking his first taste of the NBA playoffs, and it looks like the New Orleans Pelicans may have provided the All-Star power forward with the supporting cast to get there.

That is, if they can stay healthy, something they were unable to do last season.

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San Miguel's June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos. Sports5 file/Paul Ryan Tan

New San Miguel coach Leo Austria was given authority to shelve the team’s old system for a new one and it looks like the Beermen are taking to the coach’s new system just fine.

“We’ve been criticized the previous years because they’re expecting a lot from our team,” Austria told sportswriters after leading his team to a win in first game back as PBA head coach.

“But hindi nangyayari yung expectations nila. I hope this time, it’s going to be a good start for us.”

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 Paul Lee in action against San Miguel Beer. Nuki Sabio

 After badly hurting his knee against San Miguel Beermen on Tuesday, Rain or Shine guard Paul Lee is still unsure whether he will play in his team's next game against Blackwater Elite.

Lee landed badly after colliding with Chris Ross in the first quarter, forcing him to sit on the bench the rest of the game, which saw the Elasto Painters yielding an 87-79 result to the taller Beermen.

"Tinamaan talaga 'yung patella ko sa harapan. Pero wala naman akong narinig na tumunog or something," Lee said.

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Kevin Durant, who used a scooter to enter his news conference Tuesday, said he will not rush back from his foot injury. AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The door swung open, and Kevin Durant rolled in -- literally, on a scooter -- to speak with the media for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot.

"It's definitely a different experience for me," Durant said Tuesday. "I've never been injured before, but the Thunder's been great to get me to the best surgeon, and rehab has been going well so far. Everything is progressing, and I'm looking forward to these next few weeks of getting better."

Durant, 26, is taking an optimistic view, looking at the injury as an opportunity for teammates to develop, while also using it to grow his own leadership skills.

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Stanley Pringle of Globalport looks to get past the defense of Jonas Villanueva of NLEX. PBA/Nuki Sabio

Though GlobalPort came up short in their first game of the season, Batang Pier rookie Stanley Pringle and his teammates are showing the right mindset this early in their campaign.

“They are not quitters. They all want to win,” Pringle told InterAksyon.com about the attitude of his GlobalPort teammates following the loss to NLEX on Tuesday.

“Everybody was sad after the loss and everybody wants to get back quickly for our next game.”

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 Arwind Santos showcased stellar form for the Beermen. KC Cruz

Arwind Santos scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead a balanced offensive attack that gave San Miguel Beer an 87-79 victory over Rain or Shine on Tuesday in the 2015 Philippine Cup at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Reigning Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Beermen, while wingmen Marcio Lassiter and Chris Lutz added 13 and 11 points, respectively.

The result gave new coach Leo Austria a victory in his first game at the helm of the Beermen in the PBA. Austria, who also had previous coaching stints at Shell and Welcoat, previously led a team carrying the San Miguel Beer brand to a title in the ASEAN Basketball League.

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Asi Taulava lifts NLEX over Globalport (October 22, 2014)
Mark Giongco [ Source: Inquirer ]

Asi Taulava of NLEX vs Yancy De Ocampo of Globalport. PBA image by Nuki Sabio

MANILA, Philippines—All eyes were on Globalport rookie Stanley Pringle but NLEX’s Asi Taulava, the oldest player in the league, stole the limelight Tuesday.

Taulava drove the Road Warriors back from a late deficit to beat the Batang Pier, 101-96, in the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The 41-year-old Taulava finished with 21 points, including back-to-back three-point plays that gave NLEX the lead for good, 94-92, with 1:42 left after trailing by nine.

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San Beda's Ola Adeogun battling four Arellano defenders. InterAksyon.com/Ver Marquez

San Beda aims to finish its quest for its fifth straight crown as it takes on Arellano in Game Two of the best-of-three NCAA Season 90 finals on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Red Lions and the Chiefs face off at 1:30 p.m. live on TV5.

San Beda roared past Arellano in Game One, 74-66, last Monday to move just one win away from achieving a rare five-peat and clinching its 19th basketball title.

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